Book Reviews of Tides of War

Tides of War
Tides of War
Author: Steven Pressfield
ISBN-13: 9780553381399
ISBN-10: 0553381393
Publication Date: 8/28/2001
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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A little more dramatic that what I'm used too. But then again, it is a Greek tragedy right?
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From the Publisher
Brilliant at war, a master of politics, and a charismatic lover, Alcibiades was Athens favorite son and the citys greatest general.

A prodigal follower of Socrates, he embodied both the best and the worst of the Golden Age of Greece. A commander on both land and sea, he led his armies to victory after victory.

But like the heroes in a great Greek tragedy, he was a victim of his own pride, arrogance, excess, and ambition. Accused of crimes against the state, he was banished from his beloved Athens, only to take up arms in the service of his former enemies.

For nearly three decades, Greece burned with war and Alcibiades helped bring victories to both sides and ended up trusted by neither.

Narrated from death row by Alcibiades bodyguard and assassin, a man whose own love and loathing for his former commander mirrors the mixed emotions felt by all Athens, Tides of War tells an epic saga of an extraordinary century, a war that changed history, and a complex leader who seduced a nation.

About the Author: Steven Pressfield is author of the international bestseller Gates of Fire, an epic novel of the battle of Thermopylae, and The Legend of Bagger Vance. He lives in Los Angeles.


Synopsis
Yoked together, the great warrior-hero Alcibiades and the legendary city-state of Athens were virtually unbeatable; but divided from Athens, Alcibiades went on to lead Sparta and Persia to glory. This epic novel tells the story of the proud, hardheaded soldier whose heroics and passions fueled the Peloponnesian War and whose fatal flaws left him exiled from all factions at the end of his life.

From The Critics
Esquire
Pressfield serves up not just hair-raising battle scenes...but many moments of valor and cowardice, lust and bawdy humor. Even more impressively, he delivers a nuanced portrait of ancient Athens.
Pressfield serves up not just hair-raising battle scenes ... But many moments of valor and cowardice, lust and bawdy humor.... Even more impressively, he delivers a nuanced portrait of ancient athens.